Fall is coming, and that means that Vermont mystery author Archer Mayor will have a new book out in a couple of months. His next is called Bury the Lead, and it’ll be the 29th installment of his long-running Joe Gunther series.
The book will be released on September 25th, and will follow Gunther and the Vermont Bureau of Investigation as they investigate the death of a young woman found on a trail of a ski resort. At the same time, a local grocery distributor is being attacked by vandals — resulting in another death — while a local hospital deals with a potential case of Ebola.
When the body of a young woman is found near a trail at a popular ski mountain, the case falls to Joe Gunther and his team at the Vermont Bureau of Investigation (VBI). They quickly have a suspect, Mick Durocher, and a confession, but not everyone on the team is convinced. Despite Mick’s ready admission, investigators quickly sense there might be more going on than is immediately apparent.
At the same time, a large local business is being targeted with escalating acts of vandalism―a warehouse fire, a vandalized truck, a massive cooling system destroyed―resulting in loss of life. And either by coincidence, or not, Mick Durocher, the self-confessed murderer, was once employed by this very company.
These two puzzling cases―now possibly connected―are further complicated by the sidelining of a key member of VBI, Willy Kunkle, who undergoes surgery at a hospital that appears to be having an unlikely―and suspiciously timed―outbreak of Ebola.
Joe and his team pursue these cases, uncovering motives that might link them, while proving that trust betrayed can be a toxic virus, turning love into murderous loathing. Indeed, behind the mayhem and murder, Joe must uncover a tragic history before another victim dies.
As is to be expected, Archer will be touring around Vermont to a variety of bookstores throughout the fall.